EU-funded SAFEMED IV project conducts studies on port reception facilities for 5 ports in Algeria
November 20, 2019
Ship waste does not only affect marine life. There is unquestionable evidence that waste from ships has become a serious social, environmental, economic and health issue worldwide. Consequently, there is an urgent need for proper handling of ship-generated waste with adequate Port Reception Facilities as requested by the MARPOL Convention.
In the framework of the EU funded SAFEMED IV project, a study was conducted on Waste Reception and Handling Assessment according to the Annexes of MARPOL Annex for the ports of Arzew, Bejaia, Skida (old and new port) and Algiers in Algeria. Such activity was scheduled to support the review and/or development of a Waste Reception and Handling Plan that adequately meets the requirements of international, regional and to a larger extent European law.
The objective of having an adequate Waste Reception and Handling Plan for ports is to protect the natural environment by ensuring the establishment and the operation of a reception scheme for waste and cargo residues from ships and the adequacy of Port Reception Facilities.
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) is implementing SAFEMED IV project for technical assistance bringing together national, European and international stakeholders with the aim to raise the safety, security and protection of marine environment standards in the Mediterranean sea, with a view to implement the maritime aspects of the UfM Regional Transport Action Plan 2014-2020.